Clinton signs flexible-hiring bill

Clinton signs flexible-hiring bill

Federal contract employees can substitute training and experience for a four-year degree under a bill signed into law late last month.

President Clinton signed the Federal Contractor Flexibility Act of 2000 into law when he approved the Defense authorization bill.

Introduced by Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) in the House and sponsored by Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) in the Senate, the rider to the Defense authorization bill substitutes experience and training for a degree and a predetermined amount of time on the job.

The Information Technology Association of America said the law brings the federal marketplace more in step with the private sector.

'A new economy demands new attitudes about getting the job done,' ITAA president Harris Miller said. 'Perhaps more than any other industry, the IT industry recognizes workers for what they know'not how they learned it.'

'Tony Lee Orr and William Jackson

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